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Extreme lightning sparks more Alaska wildfires in already historic season

By Jacob Feuerstein and Joshua Partlow Photo: Pat Johnson , AP

An unusual spate of lightning has ignited more than 50 new wildfires in Alaska, worsening air quality, spurring communities to prepare to evacuate and exacerbating an already historic fire season in the state.


Alaska’s June wildfires break records, fueled by hot, dry weather

By Jacob Feuerstein and Others Photo: Ryan McPherson

A record number of acres have burned this month in Alaska, forcing Indigenous people from their homes, compromising air quality and stretching firefighting resources thin.


Once eager to drill, oil companies exit leases in Arctic refuge

By Steven Mufson and Others

The exits make it far less likely that drilling will take place soon in a vast, unspoiled landscape that has achieved iconic status among environmentalists and has been fought over for half a century. An Anchorage real estate investor and the state-owned Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority still hold leases there, but industry analysts say they lack the financial power and expertise to develop the remote area on their own.


Jimmy Carter, at 97, Steps Into a Big Fight Over a Small Road in Alaska

By Henry Fountain Photo: Acacia Johnson , The New York Times

By Alaskan standards, the gravel road that an isolated community near the Aleutian Islands wants to build to connect to an airport is not a huge project. But because it would be cut through a federal wildlife refuge, the road has been a simmering source of contention since it was first proposed decades ago.


Biden Administration, Settling a Long Fight, Plans to Block a Mine in Alaska

By Coral Davenport Photo: Acacia Johnson , New York Times

The Biden administration on Wednesday took a major legal step toward protecting Bristol Bay in Alaska, one of the world’s most valuable sockeye salmon fisheries that also sits atop enormous copper and gold deposits long coveted by mining companies.


Research shows climate change may enable Alaska to grow more of its own food

By Taylor Burke

Farmers in Alaska know that it can be hard to grow in the state’s climate, but as the climate rapidly warms in the far north, that could change.
Climate change could enable Alaska to grow more of its own food. Agriculture is one area in which climate change may actually bring some benefit to the state, but not without stumbling blocks and uncertainties.


A greener Arctic is not a climate change solution

By Donatella Zona Photo: Lisa Hupp , USFWS

Some theories suggest that this “Arctic greening” will help counteract climate change. The idea is that since plants take up carbon dioxide as they grow, rising temperatures will mean Arctic vegetation will absorb more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, ultimately reducing the greenhouse gases that are warming the planet.


Salmon travel deep into the Pacific. As it warms, many ‘don’t come back.’

By Joshua Partlow Photo: Leah Nash , The Washington Post

During a typical fall, almost a million chum salmon pour into Alaska’s Yukon River, a torrent of wild fish that has sustained the economy and Indigenous culture in the far north for generations. Last year, that run collapsed, with salmon trickling upstream at a 10th of normal levels, forcing the state to airlift frozen fish from other regions to feed the population.


Sens. Sullivan, cramer, lummis urge biden administration to implement “american energy, jobs & climate plan”

U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), and Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) today urged the Biden administration to fully commit to implementing the “American Energy, Jobs & Climate Plan.” With last week’s announcement that the Biden administration intends to work with the European Union to help reduce European reliance on Russian natural gas, the senators are calling on the administration to take serious steps to reverse its anti-American energy policies and implement a plan that offers realistic and achievable solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower energy costs, create millions of jobs for hard-working Americans, and provide energy security to America and our allies.


Alaska air pollution holds clues for other Arctic climates

By Mark Thiessen Photo: Mark Thiessen , AP

In the pristine expanse of Alaska’s interior lies a dirty secret: some of the most polluted winter air in the United States can be found in and around Fairbanks.
The Fairbanks North Star Borough, which includes Alaska’s second largest city, routinely exceeds limits set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for particle pollution that can be inhaled and cause myriad health problems.